What to buy? – Personal/DIY 3D printers up to $3,500

Are you thinking about buying your own 3D printer? Then take a look at this overview. Here you will find all companies and communities that sell personal/DIY 3D printers with a maximum price of $3,500 USD.

Adjunct Engineering LLC

About: Billy Zelsnack from Adjunct Engineering LLC  recently launched his desktop 3D printer on Kickstarter and already has enough backers to reach his primary goal to realize the printer. The Printxel 3D printer is a complete kit including the mechanics, motors, extruder, electronics, power supply, but not including heated platform. It is recommended to use PLA as material for this printer.

Printer: Printxel 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  140x140x140

Price: DIY kit: $300 (not including heated platform)

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Afinia

About: Afinia, is a division of Microboards Technology LLC, a leader in specialized printing solutions. Their twenty-year history includes leadership in CD/DVD disc duplication and labeling.

Printer: Afinia H Series

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 245x260x345

Price: $1,499

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Bits From Bytes

About: Bits from Bytes is one of the leading manufacturers of affordable 3D printers and 3D printer kits. Bits from Bytes produces and markets both build-it-yourself kits and pre-assembled 3D printers, ranging in price from USD$1,300-$3,900.  In October 2010 they became part of the 3D Systems family

Printer: RepMan 3.2 3D Printer Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  270x205x210

Price: DIY Kit – Extreme: $1,030

DIY Kit – Universal: $1,190

DIY Kit – Ultimate: $1,450

DIY Kit – Education: $1,610

 

Printer: 3DTouch 3D Printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):    Single Head:      275x275x210

Double Head:    230x275x210

Triple Head:       185x275x210

Price :

Fully assembled – Single Head: $2,590

Fully assembled – Double Head: $2,920

Fully assembled – Triple Head: $3,240

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BotMill

About: BotMill manufactures desktop 3D printers, kits, materials and accessories. Their products are geared for the educational, hobbyist, and consumer markets. BotMill is part of the 3D Systems family.

Printer: Axis 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  203x203x140

Price: Fully assembled: $999

 

Printer: Glider 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 203x203x140

Price: Fully assembled: $1,395

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Buildatron

About: The mission of Buildatron Systems is to build a revolution through affordable 3D printers and robotic devices. The democrization of personal manufacturing is now a reality with their three-dimensional part building systems. The Buildatron is developed from and through the invaluable RepRap community.

Printer: Buildatron 2

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x140

Price: Fully assembled: $2,500

Complete DIY kit: $1,599

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Cubify – The Cube

About: Cubify is a marketplace where you can sellyour own 3D creations or create new Apps for Cubify. The idea of Cubify is somewhat similar to Thingiverse only Cubify also offers 3D services. Cubify is owned by 3D Systems. The same 3D Systems recently launched their first personal 3D printer called The Cube.

Printer: The Cube

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  140x140x140

Price: Fully assembled: $1,299

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Deezmaker

About: In April 2012 Diego Porqueras launched a Kickstarter project for the Bukobot and raised almost 400% of funds. This support made it possible for him to realize the Bukobot.

Printer: Bukobot Mini Green

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 125x125x125

Price: $850

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Essential Dynamics

About: Essential Dynamics launched the Imagine 3D Printer at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES 2012). Imagine is unique in that it is a syringe based design. This design allows any material that can be extruded from the syringe to be “printed”. It opens up a wide variety of materials that maybe utilized, including, silicone, epoxy, organics, cheese, foods, and chocolate.

Printer: Imagine 3D Printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 203x203x203

Price: Fully assembled: $2,995

 

Printer: Essential Dynamics Imagine 3D printer (2nd gen)

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 229x229x229

Price: $1,995

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Fabbster

About: By developing the Fabbster, they wanted to make additive manufacturing and 3D printing accessible to everybody. They wanted to give people a single tool to turn their ideas into 3-dimensional objects. The machine they built is easy to use, even for starters. This printer is the first personal 3D printer of its kind.

Printer: Fabbster 11-1 Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  230x230x210

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,312

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Fablicator

About: The Fablicator has roots in the RepRap project, but is focused on maximizing part quality rather than self-reproduction. It shares many physical similarities, but is designed from the ground up for reliability and part quality.

Printer: Fablicator

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 178x178x178

Price: Fully assembled: $3,000

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Felix Printers

About: The Felix 3D printer is made by Guillaume Feliksdal. As a 3D printing enthousiast he decided to build his own 3D printer after coming into contact with the DIY community to cheaply produce prototype parts for my humanoid walking robot. This project was put on hold because 3D printing is all Feliksdal can say now.

Printer: Felix 1.0 Complete Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  260x200x200

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,179

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German RepRap Foundation

About: The German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) was founded namely by Jan Giebels in January 2010 and was transferred into the operating status through the partnership with Florian Bautz in February 2010. Since then the GRRF develops and sells construction kits, components and materials for affordable 3D printing systems and RepRap do-it-yourself printers. They also sell and develop products for professional Rapid-Prototyping systems.

Printer: PRotos 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  225x225x140

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,060

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Hyrel 3D

About:  Hyrel is a small group of designers, engineers, and business people who make automated machines for the semiconductor industry.They are true believers of quality and service. Their mission is changing the 3D printer market, so everyone can easily make the parts they need, at a price they can afford.

Printer: Hyrel Engine single extruder

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 150x150x200

Price: Fully assembled $1,395

 

Printer: Hyrel Engine dual extruder

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 150x150x200

Price: Fully assembled $1,645

 

Printer: Hyrel Big Engine single extruder

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Fully assembled $1,995

 

Printer: Hyrel Big Engine dual extruder

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Fully assembled $2,245

 

Printer: Hyrel System dual extruder

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Fully assembled $3,500

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iRapid

About: iRapid is a Germany based 3D printer project. The iRapid is built with a brand new and unique “rack and pinion” concept that uses no belts and thread rod. This design keeps the machine neat and very easy to build.

Printer: iRapid 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 140x140x120

Price: Fully assembled: $1,705

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Leapfrog

About: The purpose of Leapfrog is to bridge the gap between the current state of technology of 3D printers and the future of 3D printing as a whole. They aim to deliver very easy to use, plug-and-play devices with nice design.

Printer: Creatr

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  300x250x260

Price: Fully assembled: $1,646

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LulzBot

About: LulzBot is an Aleph Objects, Inc. Internet store selling materials, hardware, electronics, and tools for RepRap 3D printers. LulzBot is based in Loveland, Colorado, USA.

Printer: LulzBot Prusa Mendel 2.0

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  175x190x100

Price: Fully assembled: $950

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Makemendel

About: Makemendel is an India based company. Their aim is to provide the best 3D printer and its parts at a very reliable cost ,which can help you make your own products

Printer: RapidBot Printer 2.0

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  220x220x165

Price: Fully assembled: $849

 

Printer: Orca V0.40 Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  220x220x165

Price: Fully assembled: $849

DIY kit: $647

 

Printer: Orca V0.30 Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  220x220x165

Price: Complete DIY kit: $599

 

Printer: Mendel Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  200x200x140

Price: Fully assembled: $1.199

DIY kit: $999

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Makerbot

About: MakerBot Industries is a company founded in January 2009 by Bre Pettis, Adam Mayer, and Zach Smith producing an open source 3D printer to democratize manufacturing. The community that supports the Makerbot family is called Thingiverse. Here designers and engineers share their designs and thoughts of improvement.

Printer: Makerbot Replicator

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  225x145x150

Price: Fully assembled: $1,749

 

Printer: Replicator 2

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 285x153x155

Price: Fully assembled $2,199

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MakerGear

About: MakerGear LLC was founded by Rick Pollack to develop products and services for the rapidly expanding maker community with a focus on advancing digital fabrication (aka personal or desktop fabrication).

Printer: Prusa Mendel

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 203x203x203

Price: Complete DIY kit: $825

 

Printer: Mosaic 1

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):   127x127x127

Price: Fully assembled: $1,299

Complete DIY kit: $899

 

Printer: Mosaic 2

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):   203x254x203

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,299

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Mauk Custom Creations

About: Mauk is a Dutch based company owned by Jos Scheepers. He is an electronics and mechanics designer who works closely with the FabLab in Limburg, The Netherlands. What makes the Cartesio special is that its head is exchangeable so you can 3D print with the machine but you can also use it to engrave objects.

Printer: Cartesio M

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Complete DIY Kit: $2,245

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MBot

About: MBot is located in Hangzhou China. The company started selling their first 3D printers in November 2011. In their eyes every MBot has to be a high quality, low cost and affordable personal 3d printer for everyone.

Printer: MBot Cube 3D printer single extrusion

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Fully assembled $1,299

 

Printer: MBot Cube 3D printer dual extrusion

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 200x200x200

Price: Fully assembled $1,499

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Mixshop

About: Mixshop is a Toronto based company that sells two 3D printer models, the Mix G1 and the Prusa Mendel. Both Models are based on the original RepRap model.

Printer: Mix G1

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  170x150x170

Price: Complete DIY kit: $640

 

Printer: Prusa Mendel

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  200x200x140

Price: Complete DIY kit: $533

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PP3DP

About: Delta Micro Factory Corporation is an energetic team, specialized in the R&D, production and sale of personal portable 3D printers. They offer high-quality and user-friendly products against competitive pricing.

Printer: UP! 3D Printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 140x140x135

Price: Fully assembled: $1,499

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Printrbot

About: Printrbot is a community of people helping each other with our problems. Their goal is to build a database of solutions to their problems that is useful for years to come.

Printer: Printrbot LC

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 152x152x152

Price: Complete DIY kit: $549

 

Printer: Printrbot Plus

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  203x203x203

Price: Complete DIY kit: $699

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RepRapPro

About: RepRapPro is a collaboration between RepRap Limited and eMAKER Limited.  RepRapPro is dedicated to open-source 3D printing, and all our products are – and always will be – open-source.

Printer: RepRapPro Huxley

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  140x140x110

Price: Complete DIY kit: $666

 

Printer: RepRapPro Mendel

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  200x200x110

Price: Complete DIY kit: $829

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RepRapSource

About: RepRap Source is a Germany based RepRap community specializing in selling the Shapercube and hardware for RepRap models. They also sell filament in their online shop.

Printer: Shapercube 2.1

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 190x190x180

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,482

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Robot Factory

About: The Italian company Robot Factory recently unveiled their new 3D printer, the 3D One. This printer is specially made to print large objects because of its large print platform.

Printer: 3D One

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 245x245x245

Price: Fully assembled: $3,000

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Romscraj

About: Romscraj fused the knowledge of Mixshop’s Prusa Mendel model and the original RepRap model into a complete 3D printer kit called the Durbie Prusa Mendel Reprap.

Printer:  Durbie Prusa Mendel Reprap Complete 3D Printer Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  200x200x140

Price: Complete DIY kit: $549

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SeeMeCNC

About: The most affordable 3D printer kit, the H-1.  The kits are built with high quality plastic injection molded and CNC machined parts. The parts are all manufactured by SeeMeCNC.  The team is working hard to bring even more creative and outstanding 3D printer designs, as well as more home manufacturing and hobby tools.

Printer: H1 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  153x178x153

Price: DIY kit: $189 (no electronics)

 

Printer: Rostock Max 3D printer

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 230x250x330

Price: Fully assembled $999

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Solidoodle

About: Former Makerbot COO Sam Cervantes introduced his own 3D Home Printer, the Solidoodle. Most of the functional parts are laser-cut wood, and the whole system is enclosed in a sheet metal case.

Printer: Solidoodle 3D printer, 2nd generation

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  152x152x152

Price: Fully assembled: $499

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Sumpod

About: The desktop printer is designed, built and sold by Richard Sum of Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK. Another addition to the family of RepRap derived 3D printers, the SUMPOD features quite a few additions not found among its brethren. For instance, it features an attachment for a Dremel allowing light CNC routing and PCB making.

Printer: Sumpod Aluminum Small

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  120x120x100

Price: Fully assembled: $810

 

Printer: Sumpod Aluminum Big

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  250x250x150

Price: Fully assembled: $1.135

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Tech Zone Communications

About: TechZoneCommunications.com supports the Open Source Community. They offer many Products and Services. They made their own 3D printer based on the RepRapPro’s Huxley printer.

Printer: RepRap 3D printer Unassembled Huxley Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  150x150x100

Price: Complete DIY kit: $599

 

The Future is 3D

About:  After seeing 3D printing for the first time on the Jay Lenno show, where Jay was using the printer to build antique car parts, Jeff Christiana became obsessed about learning more on how he could have one in his home. After coming across the RepRap project Jeff decided to build himself a Mendel. Now he wants to pass his knowledge and share the RepRap vision. Therefore he started The Future is 3D and designed his own Mendel models and Glacier Steel model.

Printer: TF3D Mendel Original

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 305x305x241

Price: Fully assembled: $2,100

 

Printer: TF3D Mendel Basic

Build envelope (LxWxH mm):  356x356x267

Price: Fully assembled: $2,200

 

Printer: TF3D Mendel Basic

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 406x406x292

Price: Fully assembled: $2,300

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 12”x12”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 305x305x241

Price: Fully assembled: $2,300

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 14”x14”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 356x356x267

Price: Fully assembled: $2,400

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 16”x16”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 406x406x292

Price: Fully assembled: $2,500

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 12”x12”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 305x305x394

Price: Fully assembled: $2,600

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 14”x14”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 356x356x419

Price: Fully assembled: $2,700

 

Printer: Glacier Steel 16”x16”

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 406x406x445

Price: Fully assembled: $2,800

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The Next Fab Store

About: The next Fab Store is a community responsible for the creation of the Fab@Home 3D printers. On their website you can find all sorts of documentation that will help you building your own printer or solving problems that may occur during the printing process.

Printer: Fab@Home Version 1.0 Two Syringe System

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 203x203x203

Price: Fully assembled: $3,500

DIY kit: $2,350

 

Printer: Fab@Home Version 2.0 two Syringe

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 203x203x203

Price: Complete DIY Kit: $2,500

 

Type A machines

About: This San Fransisco based company was founded in 2012 by Andrew Rutter. Type A Machines has focused on designing and building the easiest to use and most reliable desktop 3D printers. The goal of this team of dedicated hackers is to bring better desktop 3D printers within everyone’ reach.

Printer: The Series 1

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 230x260x230

Price: Fully assembled $1,400

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Ultimaker

About: Ultimaker is passionate about making 3D printing accessible to anyone. They do this by offering an affordable, easy-to-build and open-source machine. The Ultimaker does not require expensive maintenance. They say you can maintain and upgrade it yourself. Also, they do not charge unfriendly prices for after-sale consumables.

Printer: Complete Ultimaker Kit

Build envelope (LxWxH mm): 210x210x220

Price: Complete DIY kit: $1,570

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    Great info wondering if anyone has heard of a protorapid print 270 dual head.was thinking of getting one heard very little about it?

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